As we continue to look at “superheroes” who protect children and strengthen families, it dawned on me that most superpowers are obvious: super strength, super speed, invisibility, invincibility.
But one superpower is unlike any of those. We can rarely see it, but it’s always noticed when it makes an appearance. That superpower is the ability to remain calm when everything else isn’t. That’s a power all great leaders have.
Joe Montana is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play football. He won four Super Bowls and in many ways paved the way for the modern NFL signal caller. His wins and stats earned him enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His calmness under pressure earned him the nickname “Joe Cool.”
Maybe the most famous example of his poise came in Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals. Trailing 16-13 with 3:20 left in the game, Joe and his San Francisco 49ers had the ball on their own eight yard line. The huddle was noticeably nervous and tense.
As they gathered to call the first play, Joe looks into the stands and sees the late actor John Candy. “Look, isn’t that John Candy?” he said with a smile. The tension was broken. The 49ers would go on to win the game.
Buckner foster parents may not have a cool nickname. They may not have the same level of fame. But for many of the children they care for, they provide the only sense of calm and peace in an otherwise turbulent life.
When a child is struggling through hurts so large and deep their minds can’t comprehend them and their hearts can’t carry them, a parent is there with an encouraging word, a piece of wisdom or a quiet hug that speaks volumes. God blesses others through the calm of those who serve children through Buckner.
And we are all thankful for them, those superheroes who work silently but powerfully.
For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. -Zephaniah 3:17
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